Local Members of Congress Concerned Over Shutdown

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

The goal for getting the federal government back open is clear, at least to Rep. Tim Walberg, (R-Tipton)

"We're trying to open it again and then, also do what people are asking for back in my constituency, as well as others, and that's promote fairness in dealing with Obamacare," said Rep. Walberg.

But while there are plenty of comments on the Congressman's Facebook page telling him to "keep the Affordable Care Act at bay", the majority take a different tone. Open the government back up, or be voted out.

"I think that's changing as people see the President unwilling to negotiate and making it very clear," he said.

Democrats, like Senator Debbie Stabenow, are getting the same frustrated posts demanding a compromise.

On Friday, the Senator pointed to the closing of the Centers for Disease Control and other health-related agencies as reasons to break the stalemate -- and leave the Affordable Care Act alone.

"For the sake of all Americans' health, we need to end the shutdown now and it can be ended now," said Sen. Stabenow, (D-Michigan)

Walberg agrees, but only if there is a compromise on Obamacare.

"The health care issue is clearly within the context of the budget," he said. "It's going to cost huge dollars, it's one-sixth of our national economy and so it has a place in our budget debate."

In the meantime, many, including political groups, like Progress Michigan, are calling for members of Congress to not get paid as long as the shutdown continues.

"I agree they should not be paid if they weren't working," said Rep. Walberg. "We're working. I'm looking forward to being in this weekend. We have votes coming up, for sure, tomorrow morning. We were here last weekend when the Senate went home."

Until the debate is over, Walberg plans on staying strong on his stance.

"We can certainly compromise on a solution that moves this government forward," he said.

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